Carol Cuffee, this year’s Rogich Award recipient, is a mom and grandmother. She served with the Navy in Afghanistan. And she beat breast cancer for the second time while earning a college degree.
Carol Cuffee is not the type of person who gives up.
Born prematurely at 3 pounds, Carol was so tiny that even her father, a minister, had trouble believing that she could pull through. She came home from a Savannah hospital in an incubator, but every time the wind blew, the power went out to the very machine that was keeping her alive. Her mother, however, refused to give up on her little girl and held tightly to her faith that she would survive.
Carol keeps that faith today, carrying it through the twists and turns her life has taken in her career, motherhood and health.